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Writing with photographs writing self: Using artistic methods in the investigation of identity

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In this paper I discuss arts-based, autoethnographic research and introduce methods for studying identity construction and visual knowledge/understanding. Included is discussion of self as a subject of study. The paper suggests self-reflexive and artistic methods applicable to all levels of inquiry focusing on construction of cultural identity. In the final section I propose that applying self-reflexive artistic practices to multicultural art education can further develop our understanding of diversity.

Keywords: arts-based research; autoethnography; diversity education; identity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Kent State University.

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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